TS Nate New Orleans
UPDATE: At 4 PM Lake Charles time, TS Nate's winds were still at 40 MPH, and movement was still NW at 330°, although the speed had jumped one more mile per hour to 10 MPH. The center is moving into eastern Honduras, and the pressure has remained more or less steady. It is now at 29.53 inches of mercury. Further information may be found at the National Weather Service Advisory Six. The present predicted track of the storm would have it striking the coastline near the mouth of the Mississippi River sometime early Sunday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla Honduras, and Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico.
Nate is expected to produce six to ten inches of rain, with a maximum of twenty inches in western Nicaragua. Having just survived the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, I do not envy anyone facing that kind of rainfall.
Check back for further updates.
UPDATE: At 1 PM Lake Charles tim, Tropical Storm Nate continues its NW movement at up to 9 MPH, placing the center of its location near New Orleans by Sunday morning.
According to the latest advisory from the National Weather Service, flooding rains are expected over portions of Central America. Maximum sustained winds are 40 MPH with gusts, and the central pressure was measured at 29.56 inches of mercury.
The system is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico sometime late Friday or early Saturday morning, and will likely be upgraded to a hurricane as it moves across the Gulf.
While the grocery stores and churchyards are filling up with pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern carvings, we still have a little summer-like tropical business to do.
Tropical Depression Sixteen became Tropical Storm Nate last night near the coast of Nicaragua. Today, flooding rains are expected over portions of Central America before Nate enters the Gulf of Mexico and takes its act to near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
At the present rate of movement, SE Louisiana could feel some effects as early as Saturday afternoon, as the system has taken a slightly more westerly track.
At this hour, sustained winds are 40 MPH with gusts, and movement has sped to 8 MPH, NW at 325° with a minimum central pressure at 29.50 inches of mercury, according to Advisory Number 4A issued at 8 AM EDT by the National Hurricane Center.
At this hour, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua to Punta Castilla, Honduras. The Mexican government has issued a Hurricane Watch for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico.